Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis

Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis

by Daniel P. Horan O.F.M.
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Dating God: Franciscan Spirituality for the Next Generation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., is a Franciscan Friar who has published numerous articles, led retreats, and lectured across the U.S. and Europe. In Dating God he compares the human experience of establishing a close relationship with another person to that of developing greater knowledge and understanding of our Creator. Dating God is divided into eight chapters consisting of reflections on Franciscan spirituality, personal observations, a list of points to remember and reflection questions. For example, in the “Making a Date with God chapter, Horan discusses solitude in the context of a hermitage experience he shared with his classmates while in the novitiate. The event took place in eastern Pennsylvania in the middle of winter. For 10 days, the novices would spend 23 hours a day in solitude, praying, reading in their cells, or walking in the woods. Each evening they spent an hour together, attending Mass and eating dinner. The retreat was designed to allow the novices to set aside time and space for solitude with God as their companion. Horan admits that as an extrovert he found the prospect scary. His first reaction was one of isolation that reminded him of solitary confinement or the childhood punishment of “time out.” He recalls the old question of a tree falling in the forest when no one was around to hear—did it fall? At the hermitage, with no Facebook or Twitter, no one to speak to him, did he actually exist? Initially Horan tried to distract himself with reading, then walking in the woods where, he writes, he rediscovered the connections within all of God’s creation. The experience was similar to that of seeing on old friend after a long separation. This friend was God, and for Horan, it seemed like a date. Though he felt awkward at first, he soon realized that his presence was all that God desired. He writes of a form of transcendence that occurred as he walked among and as part of creation with his Creator. Reflection questions for this chapter address the difference between being lonely and being alone; finding time for silence and solitude; and creating a hermitage experience amid the demands of ordinary life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago